544. The charge sheet.

544.     The charge sheet.

A Court Martial1 trial under the Armed Forces Act 2006 closely resembles a trial on indictment in the Crown Court in England and Wales2, and once the Director of Service Prosecutions3 has allocated a case for Court Martial trial, one of the first steps to be taken is the framing of the charge or charges on which the defendant is to be tried and the arrangement of that charge or those charges in a charge sheet (which takes the place of an indictment)4.

The procedure for bringing a charge against a person in a